PSA Insider - Aug. 20, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 19 
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A Report from the National Sports Convention
The National is over and it's time for a recap! Another T206 Honus Wagner was graded by PSA, as was a Gem 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie card. PSA Set Registry is propping up the value of low-population vintage cards, while the modern market is slumping due to baseball strike threats. PSA Near Mint 7 cards are gaining collector attention. Also, an amazing Babe Ruth discovery was authenticated at the show. Read the recap to find out what it was!


Now There are Four! Fun Facts About the "600 Home Run Club" and Other Baseball Trivia
Who is the youngest player to hit 600 homers? Who did it in the fewest seasons? Which of the four had the most 40+ home run years? Who is the last pitcher to win the MVP award? Who has won the most Cy Young awards? These are but a few of the questions that are answered in this trivia-filled article for the baseball buff.


Babe Ruth: How Did It All Begin?
George Herman "Babe" Ruth is an icon, a legend well known by baseball fans and non-fans alike. The reasons for his enduring legacy are obvious. But how did his legend begin? This article takes a look at the humble origins of an "incorrigible" Baltimore youth who defied all expectations to become a true American hero.


Pucksandsticks - The Number One All Time Finest 1959-60 Parkhurst Hockey Set
This is an amazing little 50-card set. Every card has an image and #27 Toe Blake, #40 Bert Olmstead, and #48 Gary Edmundson are unique PSA-9s! The rating is 8.02 and this set is well deserving of its number one ranking. Click here to view.

Take advantage of the Set Registry Grading Special for '60s, '70s, and '80s. Just $6 a card, with a 25 card minimum! Click here for details.

We are looking for your feedback on what you think of the Basic and Master Player set concept. Visit the Set Registry News and view the Basic Mantle set. Send us your comments and suggestions.

To see what new sets are soon to be added, visit the Set Request List. If your set is not listed, send us your request using the Set Request Form.

New composites recently added include:
• 1963 Bazooka ATG Baseball
• 1997 Bowman's Best Atomic Refractor Baseball
• 1989-90 N. Carolina Collegiate Collection Basketball
• 1997-98 Topps Chrome Basketball
• 1998-99 Topps Chrome Basketball
• 1999-00 Topps Chrome Basketball
• Earl Monroe Basic Player Set
• 1998 Topps Chrome Football
• 1954-55 Parkhurst Hockey
• 1955-56 Parkhurst Hockey
• 1974-75 Topps Hockey
• 1978-79 Topps Hockey
• 1938 Horrors of War
• 1966 Topps Lost in Space
• 1967 Topps Who Am I?

Which Hockey sets are the current leaders for the first annual PSA Set Registry Awards? Click here to find out.

Fun, informative, and sometimes controversial, the PSA Set Registry Messageboard is the place to get involved with other collectors who are currently participating in the Set Registry program or are just beginning. Click here to chat on the Set Registry Messageboard.


Question: The 1965 Topps Football set is driving me nuts because of all the short prints in the set. I am having a really tough time completing the set in PSA NM-MT 8. Is there an explanation for these short printed cards?

Answer: Great question. Interestingly enough, the short printed cards can be found throughout the set. This is unlike most other short prints which are usually limited to a certain print run or series of cards within a set. Unfortunately, there is no universally accepted reason for the short prints since they do appear in various places throughout the set. Regardless, they are tough and the famous Joe Namath rookie card is even a short print.


It's almost impossible to pick the all-time best at anything. Regardless, almost everyone seems to have a great time trying. This time we're going to pick the baseball Rookie of the Year that turned out to be the greatest player (or has the potential to be the greatest, if he's still active). Here are the choices. Remember that the award didn't begin until 1947.

  1. Jackie Robinson. There's no reason to go any further. The first winner is definitely the best!
  2. Willie Mays. This contest is over! Mays is the greatest!
  3. Pete Rose. Who else has more than 4,250 hits? Pete is the most underrated great in the game's history!
  4. Tom Seaver. If you think Tom Terrific doesn't deserve to win this contest then go grab a bat!
  5. Ichiro Suzuki. The highest batting average in the game today, with blinding speed, great baseball savvy and an arm like Clemente.

Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 34% rejected our four choices (Diamondbacks, Yankees, Mariners, and Braves) to say that someone else will win the World Series this year. Click here for a complete breakdown.


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